Disappointed with the election results and want to do something about it? Here are a few ways you can actually make a difference and change your local community for the better.
Visit an exhibition
Ruthless cuts are in motion and privatisation plans are taking place. The National Gallery has already started striking, and there are concerns that the new government will turn the city’s arts into a joke. London museums do much more than cater to a small group of culture vultures so show your support and head to an exhibition this week. Find one of the best top 10 exhibitions on right now or discover one of the city’s best unsung museums. We could probably all learn a thing or two at the Bank of England Museum.
Volunteer at a museum
Take it one step further by volunteering your time to help at some of London’s top museums. Museums and exhibition spaces across the city are throwing their arms wide for art-lovers who want to donate their time. You also get a unique look into the working of some of the city’s most prestigious spaces, too. Win win.
Petition to save the local arts
Local arts venues are at risk of being shut down. The National Gallery and much smaller beloved venues across the city need help. As east London’s Rich Mix faces rising rent, Camden’s street art hub Lock Village is threatened by closure, and Ideas Tap, the arts charity that has been helping young people break into creative industries, is under threat, signatures are an easy way to show your support.
Help kids learn to read
Literacy levels are worryingly low in certain areas of London. Hoxton’s Ministry of Stories has pioneered a creative space for local school children to practice their creative writing. The Ministry is hidden behind Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, where you can buy fang floss and cubes of earwax (don’t worry, they’re sweets) to support the charity. Crucially, they need your time – volunteers are what make the sessions happen (and you can help out as much or as little as you like).
There are also programmes such as Beanstalk that aim to improve reading skills across London.
Donate to a food bank
Over 100,000 people in London had to rely on a food bank in the last year. They are not a rarity and they’re not just at Christmas. You can give hours of your day or a can of tuna to help. Find out how you can offer your time or think about donating a bag of food once a month at your nearest food bank.
Get politically aware and check out some of London’s best free lectures and talks. Big-name speakers and thought-leaders are sharing their wisdom for free at some of London’s most esteemed venues. You can find everything from debates through to the meaning of life, which might be needed.
Support London’s closing LGBT venues
As London’s LGBT venues disappear thick and fast, you can help by joining the Friends of the Joiners Arms group and support their fight to turn the Joiners into London’s first co-operatively, democratically run LGBTQI community centre.
Save the NHS
The quickest way to help is by signing the Save Our NHS petition. It’s all about raising awareness – making as much noise as possible is the challenge. Get involved.
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Here’s a list of more ways you can save our city.